Changes suggested by CBFC in Padmavati are cosmetic, says former Mewar royal

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Padmavati, the movie which has created a lot of controversies since last few months, has finally gotten a nod from the censor board. The special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor KK Singh of Jaipur University.

In the latest meeting of Examining Committee on December 28, CBFC chose to grant the film a UA certification with the condition that 26 scenes are cut and the title of the film is changed from Padmavati to Padmavat.

Joshi reportedly said that filmmakers had agreed to the CBFC's suggestions, but no official comment was issued by Viacom18. Furthermore, the filmmaker has been suggested to change the title of the film.

Days after the movie's trailer released, Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in hundreds.

One of the most controversial films in the recent times much before its release in theatres is none other than "Padmavati", directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The panellists had some reservations regarding the claimed historical events & socio-cultural aspects of the film, which were duly discussed at length, CBFC claims.

Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the title role of Padmavati, also received death threats over the release of the movie. "I am glad that following a balanced approach we resolved the task at hand in a pragmatic and positive manner", CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi said. The outrage sparked off following the rumour of dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji broke out.

A member of the organisation, Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, while talking to media persons, said, "They are playing with our emotions".

CBFC has also asked the makers to modify the song "Ghoomar" to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed. The movie, which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is set in the 14th century and tells the story of Rajput queen Padmavati of the kingdom of Chittor, Rajasthan. "Considering complexities and concerns around the film the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC to add perspective to the final decision", it added.

Karni Sena has been spearheading the nationwide protests against the screening of the film.

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